Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Ferrari replace race engineer Chris Dyer

2011 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Fernando Alonso, Ferrari, Abu Dhabi, 2010

Ferrari has confirmed Pat Fry will take over Chris Dyer’s role as head of race engineering in 2011.

Dyer faced criticism following the strategic error at Abu Dhabi which likely cost Fernando Alonso the 2010 drivers’ championship.

The team have not announced what Dyer’s new role will be. Fry joined the team from McLaren in June last year.

Ferrari also announced Neil Martin has joined the team from Red Bull ahead of the 2011 season.

Martin was head of strategic operations at Red Bull and also previously worked for McLaren.
Ferrari issued the following statement:

It had been hinted at prior to Christmas when, speaking to Italian and international journalists during seasonal festivities, Luca di Montezemolo and Stefano Domenicali talked of not taking any drastic action, but rather making changes aimed at improving the efficiency of the team in its work, both at the track and the factory. Today came the facts.

Joining the Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro is the respected engineer, Neil Martin, who takes on the role of heading up the new Operations Research department. A 38 year old Englishman, Martin previously worked for Red Bull and prior to that McLaren and he will now report directly to Technical Director, Aldo Costa.

At the same time, Costa’s deputy, Pat Fry will, in addition to his current role, take on the job of head of race track engineering. Up until yesterday, this position was held by Chris Dyer and his role within the company will be redefined in the next few days.

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102 comments on “Ferrari replace race engineer Chris Dyer”

  1. For all their supposed aggrievement over the “spy scandal” Ferrari seem very keen on poaching McLaren staff.

    1. Hitman Contract
      5th January 2011, 1:34

      Nothing good can ever come from mcl

    2. To be fair, I only know of 2 guys they got from McL – Fry and Tombazis. And even then, Tombazis was first at Ferrari, then McLaren lured him over, then Ferrari lured him back.

      Such are the ways of the F1 paddock – even personnel changes are most intriguing.

  2. History teaches that sometimes it’s better to keep defeated leaders in charge, so they can capitalize on their errors and avoid stumbling twice against the same stone.
    General Võ Nguyên Giáp, the North Vietnamese strategist that won both the Indochina War against the French and the Vietnam War against the Republic of South Vietnam and her American and other Western allies, suffered three disastrous setbacks when he tried to go into the third phase of Mao’s warfare doctrine, namely that of engaging the enemy in conventional battle.
    He lost roughly half of his élite forces in the Battles of Vinh Yen, Mao Khe, and the Day River. His Việt Minh forces fell victim to the first extensive use of the deadly napalm by the French forces under General De Lattre.
    However, North Vietnamese supreme leader Hồ Chí Minh decided that it was better to let Giáp capitalize on his defeats, and that ultimately led to the decisive battle of Điện Biên Phù that ended the war. Later, during the Vietnam War, his experience allowed him to assess that an open battle against the powerful American forces was doomed to defeat, so he mounted a big feint against the fortified base at Khe Sanh with the purpose of diverting a huge amount of allied forces to defend it, so his main Tet Offensive could met a weaker opposition.

  3. It’s Luca Baldiserri all over again. Wasn’t he the guy who had to move over for Chris Dyer?

    In any case, Dyer can choose to stay or leave with Ferrari. The guy’s won 3 titles as race engineer (2 with Schumi, 1 with Kimi), and I’m sure many teams would be interested in his services if they were available.

  4. If Chris can then try to move to Mercedes as he has been Schumi’s race engineering for all his 5 WC & he won’t have trouble working with Brawn & Schumacher.

  5. I totally disagree. Chris Dyer is a good engineer and that doesn’t mean he should be sacked. Aldo costa got his head struck in the F60 design

    What you said is not right. Chris is an amazing engineer. Besides, it is WRONG to favour one engineer over another. You make it sound like you agree with it. The rules are there for a reason, it is a team game not a con. or did they bet money on dyer getting sacked and have millions now, as the gangs and mob did once in boxing etc.

    It is against the rules to ask a engineer to quit. I feel so sorry for dyer. he is better than fry for sure Of course statistics will say he is intellectual, wouldnt you give up and think whats the point?
    We know Red Bull and our British guys would NEVER let sack good guys, hence the times we’ve won.
    Dyer was clearly bullied into into resigning. In my job bullying is a discipliniary offence

  6. Slackbladder
    5th January 2011, 4:22

    Ah the sacrifical goat is killed…

  7. An interesting tidbit from Adam Cooper:

    “The Ferrari website says that Dyer’s “role within the company will be redefined in the next few days.” History suggests that he will be given a non-travelling factory job, something that may actually suit him as he has a young family.”

    1. Sounds like the regular “gardening leave” before going to another team will be announced quitly in a couple of weeks/months

  8. I think we may be analysing that moment in Abu Dhabi a bit too much here. He is being moved because he has never really suited this role and Pat Fry does. It was always on the cards as soon as Fry was hired, Ferrari clearly chose to delay the move until the off-season. Completely logical. I hope he stays at Ferrari and has success there. Best of luck to both of them.

  9. An awful lot of talk about Ferrari just being Ferrari. Without a Michael Schumacher to build a team around a Ross Brawn, Ferrari reverts to its normal chaotic blame game politics. The acronym “snafu” could have been invented for Ferrari F1.

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